It offers unsurpassed comfort and speed.
It's not every day that Bugatti reveals a new model. Yesterday, the French automaker shared a shadowy teaser of a new hypercar that appeared to be a special version of the Chiron. Well, the covers have come off completely and we can now confirm the announcement of the new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport. While other special Chirons like the Chiron Pur Sport focused on agility and dynamism, the Chiron Super Sport offers similarly phenomenal power and performance in a more comfort-oriented package. Bugatti refers to it as the "ultimate Grand Tourisme".
Perhaps the most dramatic departure from other Chirons is the Chiron Super Sport's longtail body design. This extended rear end gives the Super Sport a unique character but also helps it maintain stability and downforce at its sensational top speed of 273 mph. The performance is astonishing.
The 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbocharges produces 1,577 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the latter from a low 2,250 rpm. It will dash to 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.4 seconds and 124 mph (200 kph) in 5.8 seconds. If anything, the 0-186 mph (300 kph) sprint time of 12.1 seconds is even more impressive.
The 8.0-liter engine has been improved to make the Super Sport's immense performance possible. It now revs up to 7,100 rpm, 300 rpm higher than before. This has been made possible by the use of new turbocharges that have lighter compressor wheels. Previously, the maximum torque was only available up to 6,000 rpm but it's now on tap all the way up to 7,000 rpm. Overall, the Super Sport is said to accelerate 7% faster than the normal Chiron from 0-249 mph. With a 3.6% longer seventh gear for the dual-clutch gearbox, a higher cruising and top speed are made possible.
That longtail rear end is so much more than a visual treat, though. Bugatti says that this design lowers aerodynamic stall by over 40 percent. The trailing and diffuser tear-off edges have been optimized to be closer together. A host of other aerodynamic upgrades have made the Super Sport's high speeds possible. The front wing vents work together with the outlet behind the front wheel on the side to reduce the build-up of pressure in the front wheel wells. The exhaust pipes have been repositioned and stacked on top of each other on each side of the diffuser. The setup was inspired by the F6 Lightning jet.
Inside, the cabin blends fine leathers and polished aluminum, along with carbon fiber trim. Bugatti describes the cabin as being "perfectly suited to high-speed continental trips". Bugatti says that the car remains quiet even at the extraordinarily high speeds it can reach.
"The Chiron Super Sport is incredibly fast, drives very precisely and easily at high speeds, and is at the same time very comfortable, even on longer tours," said Andy Wallace, Bugatti's Pilot Officiel.
It joins a proud lineage of Super Sport Bugattis that goes all the way back to the Type 55 Super Sport of the 1930s. This heritage includes the Veyron Super Sport which arrived in 2010 and could reach 268 mph. The new Chiron Super Sport now takes over as perhaps the epitome of comfort and extraordinary speed in the automotive world.
Pricing begins at 3.2 million euros (around $3.9 million) and deliveries will begin early next year.